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Carnival Cruise Woes: Technical Issues Cut Vacations Short

Amy Sussman/Getty Images(TAMPA BAY, Fla.) -- Passengers are making their return home from sea this weekend as mechanical problems crippled two different Carnival Cruise liners, cutting guests' vacations short.

Two thousand passengers aboard the Carnival Legend are on their way back to Tampa Bay, Fla., after a technical problem caused the ship to sputter in the Yucatan as it failed to reach optimal speed.

Meanwhile, those aboard the Carnival Dream are flying back from St. Maarten after the emergency generator onboard caused the ship to stall at a dock on the island.

"Clearly, there is a larger problem going on at Carnival specifically," ABC News' Travel Editor Genevieve Shaw Brown told Good Morning America.

The issues plaguing the cruise line's two ships bear an eerie resemblance to the deplorable conditions on the Carnival Triumph, which lost power at sea a month ago.

An engine fire crippled the Triumph, leaving more than 4,200 people stranded for five days with overflowing toilets, no power and a scarce food supply.

But despite these issues, Carnival told GMA that "each of these situations was different."

"Technical issues will occur from time to time. We take each one seriously."  

Shaw Brown said the problems on the seas may be as a result of companies trying to outdo each other by building larger and more extravagant ships each year. But in the process, they often miss the maintenance problems on board.

"You maximize the revenue, and you try to keep them, the boats, the ships moving as fast as possible back out to sea," Christopher Mullen, a professor at Boston University told GMA.

Yet, Carnival insists that potential vacation goers should still choose the company, saying, "We provide enjoyable vacations to 4.5 million people each year. It is important to remember that in neither instance was guest and crew safety compromised."

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United Airlines Flight Lands Safely After ‘Mechanical Issue’ With Engine

United Contenental Airlines (NEWARK, N.J.) -- A Berlin-bound United Airlines flight landed safely at Newark airport this weekend after the aircraft experienced a “mechanical issue with the engine,” officials said.

United Airlines flight 96 left Newark at 5:50 p.m. and was carrying 173 passengers and crew Saturday when a tire burst and the debris was sucked into one of the plane’s engines, according to reports.

Witnesses on the ground said they saw fire coming from the engine as they watched in suspense.

“I ran to the window, looked outside, saw the airplane and saw fire coming out,” D’Jenaba Johnson Jones said.

“As it was elevating I noticed that there was a flame spitting out of the left engine. It was kind of going like pop-pop-pop-pop,” said Alex Jackson.

The Boeing 757 immediately turned around, back for Newark.  For two hours and 15 minutes the plane circled, burning off fuel.

“This can be quite disturbing if you’re sitting in the cabin and not understanding what goes on because it’s actually shooting what looks like fireballs out the front of the engine,” ABC News aviation consultant Steve Ganyard said.

The plane landed safely at 8:10 p.m.  

“The crew followed standard procedures in returning to Newark, where the airplane landed safely,” United Airlines officials said in a statement Saturday.

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